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A British Palestinian MP seeks recognition for Palestine in the home of the Balfour Declaration

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19.03.2019

Britain’s first Member of Parliament of Palestinian descent is preparing for a historic debate on Friday to have the government give official recognition to the state of Palestine in what she says is probably the “most personal and poignant” piece of legislation she has submitted since arriving in Westminster.

Rising political star Layla Moran, a Liberal Democrat, sent shock waves through the ranks of the Conservative Party when she overturned a 10,000 majority at the 2017 General Election to take Oxford West and Abingdon which was previously regarded as a safe Tory seat. Now she’s making more waves with the second reading of her Private Members Bill this week to have Palestine recognised by Britain as a state.

Since Moran’s arrival in Westminster, occupied Palestine, especially the Gaza Strip, has endured some of the worst violence inflicted by the brutal Israeli occupation. In an article on Monday for The House, parliament’s in-house magazine, she wrote: “Just a few months ago, following the anniversary of the Nakba [the Catastrophe of the creation of Israel in 1948], horrific images of the dead or injured Palestinian men, women and children were everywhere. The violence was unjustifiable and unacceptable. My heart broke for Palestine and Palestinians. I have family there; it’s part of who I am.”

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She went on to point out that US President Donald Trump’s “inflammatory” decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem in the same period added to the acute feelings of injustice. “His decision and rhetoric served as a catalyst for the violence and to demonstrate his disregard for the peace process, the........

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